Photos of Paris – Occupied France under German rule

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Captive city: An elephant reaches across from its enclosure to take something from the hand of a youngster. Zucca was commissioned to show a Paris that was happy under the Nazi yoke

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Controversial: Andre Zucca’s series of photographs, such as these young women posing in unusual sunglasses, showed Parisians enjoying life under German rule

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Positive light: Zucca’s photos show women dressed in the height of fashion and courting young lovers enjoying the French sunshine

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Ingenious contraption: Two fashionably dressed young men stand by a tandem bicycle towing a carriage of sorts

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Positive light: Zucca’s photos show women dressed in the height of fashion and courting young lovers enjoying the French sunshine

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Taking in the sights: A German soldier looks on at lethargic-looking polar bears at the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Paris’s famous zoo

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A sign advertises the Europe Against Bolshevism exhibition, held under the auspices of Nazi front organisation the anti-Bolshevik Action Committee in Paris in 1942

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Summer fun: A part of the Seine is pontooned off into a swimming pool, which is filled with hundreds of Parisians grabbing a chance to cool off in the summer heat

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The French capital was thriving following the Nazi invasion

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Youngsters sail boats

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Life goes on: Parisians go about their business, walking down into a subway.

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Business as usual: The majority of Zucca’s images show Paris as a thriving, lively city filled with food, laughter and young families

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A walk in the park: these pictures show a Paris that is in sharp contrast to the hardships commonly associated with Nazi rule

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Basket case

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Boys sit on a park wall:

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Girls and boys play in what appear to be the early forerunners of rollerskates against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower on central Paris’s Champ de Mars

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Homeless man in Paris, France

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Giant Swastikas line the streets of the French capital. Paris fell to the Germans just weeks after the Nazis launched an invasion in 1940

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A flower seller sits outside her shop on a bright, sunny day

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An elderly woman walks along the street wearing the yellow star which Nazis forced Jews to wear.

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Symbol of empire: A soldier and civilians mill around near Cleopatra’s Needle in the Place de la Concorde, one of three obelisks taken from Egypt and re-erected in Paris,

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elderly men huddle around a chair as they play cards

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Woman and man in Paris. Zucca’s photographs are historically important not only as an example of Nazi propaganda but also because they were shot in colour

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Friendly force: Nazi soldiers are shown participating in Paris life and are seen shopping at the market

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Friendly force: Nazi soldiers are shown participating in Paris life and are seen at horse race

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Shielded from war: A young family, including a man of usual conscription age, sit in the sunshine eating cherries

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Show of force: Stern-looking soldiers from the Wehrmacht march down Paris streets

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Parisian commuters queue to board a bus on a chilly early morning under the Nazi yoke

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French men push cartloads of meat in Paris

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Fashionable clothes Paris women

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The Nazis were shown as integrated into Paris life

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and lastly, just for laughs… :)

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